Technical Change Analysis and Technology Learning Curves: A Nonparametric Frontier Approach

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In recent decades, there has been a significant rise in interest around technology economics and innovation policy. In the case of energy technologies, some focus has been on the notion of learning curves. Learning curves are used to evaluate technical change as a consequence of innovative activities. The use of econometric techniques has been
common to analyse learning curves and estimate learning rates. Learning rates serve to assess the reduction in the unit cost of production as a function of the increase in accumulated experience. However, the results of applying econometric methods are often constrained by small sample size and correlations among explanatory variables. Also,
the obtained results are limited to measures of historical averages rather than capturing the path of technical progress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping the Energy Future - Voyage in Uncharted Territory : Proceedings of the 43rd IAEE International Conference
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationCleveland, OH
PublisherInternational Association for Energy Economics
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event43th IAEE International Conference 2022: Mapping the Energy Future - Voyage in Uncharted Territory - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 31 Jul 20224 Aug 2022
Conference number: 43


Conference43th IAEE International Conference 2022
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SeriesIAEE Conference Proceedings

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